For those of you who love design books, I have a new one to add to your shelves. The supremely talented designer, Markham Roberts, has just released his first design tome: “Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It.”
Markham is known for his effortlessly chic interiors that deftly mix pattern, texture and -oftentimes- striking art. His rooms are composed yet comfortable and never heavy handed. Markham studied Art History and Architecture at Brown and then went on to work for the legendary decorator, Mark Hampton, in New York City. Roberts launched his eponymous design firm in NYC nearly 20 years ago and has enjoyed a steady stream of discerning clients ever since.
I am thrilled to report that Mr. Roberts will be paying a visit to Greenwich on November 13th, when the Greenwich Historical Society will host him at the Belle Haven Club for a lecture, luncheon and book signing. Greenwich friends, I’m including a link to buy tickets to the luncheon if you would like to attend — we have a very special afternoon planned! I am also including some snaps of a few of my favorite Markham Roberts rooms. First, a fresh but classic family breakfast nook:
A spacious, rustic living room in a vacation home in Big Sky Country:
A laid back dining room filled with interesting textures and patterns:
Another dining room capped off with a bold light fixture and Suzani-style accents:
…Ikat accents in a moody powder room:
A sweet yet sophisticated girl’s bedroom:
Details, details, details…
And a swoon worthy chair dressed up in a beautiful pattern and snappy trim.
Markham has a knack for creating interesting entryways…
And cozy, layered living rooms. My personal favorite? Cosima von Bülow’s bohemian living room in her Long Island retreat. Love that pink sofa!
And, it’s hard to forget the rich library that he designed for this year’s Kip’s Bay Decorator Show House.
Apparently Markham’s impeccable taste extends to dining and entertaining as well. Witness this chic cocktail offering:
And this gorgeous table setting:
Finally, I am a huge fan of his elegant porches:
…And sunrooms. The perfect perch to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon!
A number of talented young designers have worked for Markham over the years and credit him with teaching them the fundamentals of interior design. Namely, the highly talented Ashley Whittaker of Ashley Whittaker Design (I am a huge fan and often post pictures of her work!).
As well as the formidable design duo of Tilton Fenwick.
Suysel dePedro Cunningham (left) worked for Markham for four years while Anne Maxwell Foster (right) worked for Ashley Whittaker for several years. Small world! Tilton Fenwick recently launched a line of upholstered pieces for Target…
And I used their new Duralee Fabrics for my “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” table scape for this year’s Red Cross Ball.
Hopefully you can get your hands on a copy of Markham’s debut offering sometime soon and I would love to see you in November for our festive luncheon at Belle Haven.
Photos: Markham Roberts, Pinterest, House Beautiful, Town & Country, AD, Mark D. Sikes, CT.
I’ll leave you with a few more “detail shots” of my table for the Red Cross Ball. The theme of the event was “Designs for Hope” and the stipulation was that the tables should incorporate some red and white. I chose “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as my concept and filled the table with color, pattern, flowers, butterflies, candy & letterpress stationery — basically all the things I love and that might be found in that magical place over the rainbow! I started with yellow chairs with blue patterned cushions to evoke sunshine and blue skies, then added billowy, cloud-like white flowers by Greenwich Orchids:
Juliska’s Field of Flowers for the place settings and Leontine Linens for the embroidered napkins:
Gold coins, naturally:
Custom letterpress stationery printed up with red slippers and the phrase “There’s No Place Like Home.”
An array of rainbow printed candy bags for guests to tote home their sweets.
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